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My entries are supposed to be delivered today.....hopefully not completely frozen:) fingers crossed!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: So much foam!
« on: January 26, 2014, 10:55:48 AM »
Hey Everyone,
I basically got a brewer's best as a gift so I decided to make it  so my friends and I would have something to just down if we wanted it during hockey games. It is a wit style beer. Due to I was just making this as a beer to drink I set the PSI on the keg to 25 and let it sit in the garage, which is at 45F, for a week. I have had a few glasses, probably 12, with the regulator set at 5 psi. They are still coming out all foamy. The beer has been carbed for about a week. Once it gets through the 8 feet of beer tube all that comes out is foam. Am I making a mistake?
Thanks for any help!

25 psi at 45F will give you about 3.36 vol of co2 and it probably got over carbonated depending on where it is sitting at right now temp wise. Did you off gas it prior to dropping to serving temp/pressure? Also, at 8' you may need longer beer lines, are they 3/16th dia.?

My kegs are set at 12psi at 38F and use 10' lines and it works well. Slowly vent off the gas over the course of the day with the gas off and see where the beer is at.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stoopid Polar Vortex!
« on: January 26, 2014, 10:47:05 AM »
Left my dang hose outside too long - froze solid! I guess if I buy a new hose, I can brew this weekend... Still below freezing here north of Atlanta!

Just bring it inside and let it thaw in the bath tub or run some hot water through it and all is good, that's what us 'northern folks' do..........;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Acetaldehyde
« on: January 26, 2014, 10:44:49 AM »
http://www.beerjudgeschool.com/uploads/Beer_Characteristics_Flash_Cards.pdf

This is a great reference for issues pertaining to beer to help you diagnose what may have occurred.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stoopid Polar Vortex!
« on: January 25, 2014, 03:35:52 PM »
Everything went great this afternoon, especially chilling down 6 gallons to 48 in 10 minutes! The down side is the skating rink my driveway turned into......spread a lot of salt:)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stoopid Polar Vortex!
« on: January 25, 2014, 09:06:54 AM »

Brewing in the attached garage. Not too bad toady. It has warmed up to the low 20s. With the warming we also are have some pretty good snow showers.
Same.. I'll be getting a batch underway in the garage this afternoon, the wind is howling and another 2-4" expected starting late tonight.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: It's here!
« on: January 24, 2014, 04:08:12 PM »
Congrats Denny! Kind of like celebrating a newborn:) looking forward to reading it!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stoopid Polar Vortex!
« on: January 24, 2014, 02:07:12 PM »
 On a side note, the Mrs and I toast the house up on some Saturdays and walk around
in our underwear in the winter. It's just one reason we love living in the woods. Life is grand!

Way more info than necessary.....;)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Stoopid Polar Vortex!
« on: January 24, 2014, 12:14:44 PM »
I'm about done with this vortex nonsense! The temp is currently 12 but the wind is howling at 30mph so it feels like -15 another 5" of snow coming through the weekend and next Tuesday is supposed to be -12 as a high.....

My garage is currently a temperate +8F, hoping to get a batch in tomorrow:)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Secondary options
« on: January 24, 2014, 08:11:46 AM »


Bumping this to clarify...my beer has been in primary for 2 weeks. I'm going to dump the hops straight into the primary while cold crashing. Does this sound right?

Personally I like to dry hop for 5-7 days once the beer has dropped clear, then I toss in the hops. After the 5-7 days I then cold crash for 2-3 days. IME the aroma and flavor is better when dry hopping at ambient temp (60F).
So you cold crash to clear before hops and then again to drop the hops?


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No, I let the beer naturally drop clear, then hop, then crash. My beers usually finish and clear around 14 days from pitch.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Secondary options
« on: January 24, 2014, 07:38:48 AM »
Bumping this to clarify...my beer has been in primary for 2 weeks. I'm going to dump the hops straight into the primary while cold crashing. Does this sound right?

Personally I like to dry hop for 5-7 days once the beer has dropped clear, then I toss in the hops. After the 5-7 days I then cold crash for 2-3 days. IME the aroma and flavor is better when dry hopping at ambient temp (60F).

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Competition
« on: January 24, 2014, 07:04:26 AM »
Good luck! Even if you don't place the feedback you get helps a lot!

My first comp was a few years back, placed 3rd in a pale and second on a specialty.

I usually enter a couple a few comps each year. Just sent entries to the KC comp, hope they don't freeze on the way, this Midwest weather is freakin' brutal!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing with a Thirsty Bear
« on: January 22, 2014, 06:14:35 AM »
Thanks for sharing with all the great pictures, looked like a really great day and they certainly have a nice setup going there!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Distilled water brewing
« on: January 20, 2014, 08:30:37 AM »
Martin, thanks for sharing! It was always my understanding that there was a minimum amount of calcium required for yeast health and fermentation but from what you put forth it seems that this is an overly generalized assumption in most cases.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Beer minus hops
« on: January 20, 2014, 08:27:16 AM »
A friend of mine was creating a recipe for a very malt forward beer once so he limited the amount of hops he used. The finished product was so cloyingly sweet on tasting that he considered dumping it. We instead decided to make a strong hop tea and slowly started dosing the keg until we got to something that was at least palatable to drink. I think something needs to be added to balance the malts in every beer whether it be herbs or hops for sure!

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